22 days in Sydney, Katoomba & Cairns Itinerary

22 days in Sydney, Katoomba & Cairns Itinerary

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22 days in Sydney, Katoomba & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Austin
Fly:  22​h
1
Sydney
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Katoomba
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
4
Cairns
— 10 nights
Fly:  6​h
5
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  22​h
End: Austin

1
night
Sydney

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): take a stroll through The Rocks, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, and then wander the streets of Darling Harbour. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney holiday maker site .

Austin, USA to Sydney is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, tram, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 16 hours traveling from Austin to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Austin in February: highs in Sydney hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods Outdoors Historic Sites
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

4
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Explore hidden gems such as Blue Mountains and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Get in touch with nature at Wentworth Falls and The National Pass. Change things up with a short trip to Abercrombie Caves in Bathurst (about 1h 30 min away). On the 26th (Tue), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Perry's Lookdown. There's still lots to do: stroll through The Giant Stairway, don't miss a visit to Day FIne Art, get great views at Govetts Leap, and contemplate the waterfront views at Wentworth Falls Lake.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Katoomba travel route builder site .

Getting from Sydney to Katoomba by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Blackheath, Blue Mountains National Park, Abercrombie Caves, Wentworth Falls Lake
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The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls

3
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck. On the next day, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then identify plant and animal life at North Head Sanctuary.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Sydney road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Katoomba to Sydney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park, North Head Sanctuary, Terrigal Beach
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Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park ©
Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park
Terrigal Beach ©
Terrigal Beach
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman

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Cairns

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Historic Village Herberton and Bones and Jones. Get outdoors at Palm Cove Beach and Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove), Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, Four Mile Beach, & more) and Birdworld Kuranda (in Kuranda). Spend the 1st (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 10th (Sun) exploring nature at Curtain Fig National Park. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tablelands, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, take the plunge with a skydiving experience, and admire the sheer force of Josephine Falls.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Cairns visit site .

Fly from Sydney to Cairns in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March, Cairns is somewhat warmer than Sydney - with highs of 87°F and lows of 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Historic Village Herberton, Walu Wugirriga Lookout, Curtain Fig National Park
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Safaris

1
night
Sydney

Sydney ©
On the 11th (Mon), find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then identify plant and animal life at North Head Sanctuary.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Cairns to Sydney by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Cairns in March, with highs in Sydney at 79°F and lows at 66°F. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

North Head Sanctuary
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North Head Sanctuary ©
North Head Sanctuary
Government House ©
Government House
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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